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March 30, 2011


Two kinds of people…

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Sorry, this post might seem like a ramble…]

I realised today that everyone that I’ve met can be divided into two camps:

1) Those who view an opportunity as a disaster and

2) Those that view a disaster as an opportunity.

Huh, you say?

Okay, let’s take an example:

A man loses his job. If he is part of Group 1, he views this as a great disaster. He thinks that this is the end of the world.

He sits, sulks and complains about his sad life to all those who care to listen. He wastes his time instead of taking advantage of this opportunity.

If he is part of Group 2, he remains positive and uses his free time to do something constructive. He takes classes, does social work and maintains a cheerful countenance.

Group 2 has a simple name: the true believers*.

[And no, I’m not claiming that those I’ve met who seem to fit in Group 2 are true believers because only Allah knows whether they are or not. However, this attitude is something that true believers need to have.]

We all get different trials in life, whether it is the car refusing to start (on the day of an important meeting), someone close to us passing away, financial problems, etc.

Most people just seem to complain and complain and complain. They don’t seem to realise that all these trials are great opportunities.

Great opportunities for what, you ask?

Well, to come closer to Allah and to become “well-rounded” Muslims.

The shariah (Islamic law) is a complete way of life. We’ve been taught  how to pray, fast, give charity, deal with our families, be clean, display good manners, etc.

The one who applies the entire shariah will become a well-rounded person, excelling in every aspect of life. The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) and the Sahaabah (radiallahu anhum) were like this.

The different trials that we face every day and every hour are there to help us to become all-round people.

Think of the human body and its various muscles. Each muscle has a different exercise to strengthen it. Strengthening each muscle eventually leads to the whole body being strengthened.

The various aspects of the shariah are those muscles. The trials are the exercises that strengthen those muscles. Each trial improves us in a certain aspect of the shariah – thereby making us excellent slaves of Allah in every way.

We all have strengths and weaknesses. Well, these trials strengthen the strengths (if you will) and also decrease the weaknesses.

Of course, all of this can only happen if we view these trials as an opportunity and not as a disaster.

So, when the car fails to start, we remain positive and try to ponder over what we can learn from this situation.

When someone dies, we remain positive and try to derive the good that might come out of this situation.

So, a true believer can increase in iman (faith) after any situation and at any time due to his/her attitude, not just at times like Ramadan and Hajj.

Remaining positive implies that one has good thoughts about Allah – and this is a very important part of tawheed.

Many of those who constantly complain about everything have bad thoughts about Allah.

Why? Because they assume that all these trials will lead to a bad end, instead of realising that Allah wants them to turn to Him during these trials.

So, each of us needs to look into that mirror and ask ourselves which group we wish to belong to…

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. farishta
    Mar 30 2011

    very nice post at the rite for me
    jazakaALLAH dear
    love you for the sake of Allah

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Apr 1 2011

      Wa Alaikum Assalam.

      Alhamdulillah, I’m glad that it helped. Wa iyyaaki.

      May He, for whose sake you love me, Love you.

  2. R
    Mar 31 2011

    Really love this, thank you. Something else comes to mind: “For the wise every opportunity is a chance to break free.”
    May Allah bless you for constantly keeping us motivated – who or what do you look to for motivation one wonders?

    Have a read of this, this is something everyone should read too.
    Why do people leave each other by Yasmin Mogahed

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Apr 1 2011

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      Jazakillahu kheira.

      I hadn’t come across that quote before. Jazakillahu kheira for sharing it.

      How do I get motivated? That would be a long story I guess. I’ve learnt that one needs to motivate oneself one way or another, in order to keep going.

      Constant reminders (classes, books, lectures, etc) are good motivators as are the Quran and the ahadeeth.

      Jazakillahu kheira for the article. It was very nice, masha-Allah. Two points though:

      1) I removed the link as I do not agree with some of the (creedal) views of the owner of that site. I’ve left the name of the article and its author so that someone can google it if they wish to read it.

      2) The sister mentions the story of Ibrahim (alaihissalam). Unfortunately, she, like many others, failed to understand this story.

      He (alaihissalam) was a Prophet so he always put his full trust in Allah, and he never doubted Him. He was simply doing dawah to his people. [One may refer to the tafsir of these ayaat.]

  3. Aliya
    Apr 3 2011

    Asalaamu alaikum

    A real uplifting post and a great reminder.

    Jazakillahu kheria

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Apr 9 2011

      Wa Alaikum Assalam.

      Wa iyyaaki.


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